(ri)1 Straight Rye Whiskey arrived on the scene what seems forever ago, yet in reality this ruggedly handsome rye whiskey is merely a rising star. The whiskey category as a whole excites the imagination as this genre takes off in a new direction with cocktail flair beyond the classics. Whether traditional recipes gain popularity through recreation or new cocktails come to the forefront, the result remains the same: more consumers are drawn to the bronze beverage that goes down with the burning delight of liquid gold, warming the soul and igniting passion for the finer things life offers.
(ri)1 & the Elusive Heering – created by Cheri Loughlin
2 ounces (ri)1 Straight Rye Whiskey
1/2 ounce Heering Cherry Liqueur
1/2 ounce Noilly Prat Original French Dry Vermouth
3 dashes Classic Bitters
Fresh Lemon Twist
Build in a rocks glass over ice. Garnish with fresh lemon twist. Optional: 1/8 ounce fresh lemon juice.
Oiliness of the Noilly Prat carries throughout in this cocktail and continues without diminishing. A hint of Heering Cherry Liqueur shines with its deep, rich character without overwhelming the cocktail or becoming watered down. It is subtle as the notes of cherry weave among the spice of rye. As the ice slowly melts, more cherry tones with its understated hint of chocolate begin to mingle through. However, the (ri)1 is the real show stopper. It displays well with spicy, robust character establishing a strong cocktail to the last delicious drop.
“Elusive” in the cocktail name refers to countless cocktails attempted with whiskey, bourbon, various gins, tequila and vodka using Heering Cherry Liqueur and not arriving at one that suits my creative spirit at the moment until this now. Heering Cherry Liqueur provides countless imaginative cocktails which are rather tasty.
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It stands to reason vermouth is the spirit that carries the flavor of this cocktail. Noilly Prat works exceedingly well with Grand Marnier in picking up flavors of chocolate and orange, something that carries well with the theme of orange bitters and fresh orange zest. Hennessy Cognac comes alive in cocktails with deeper richer flavor in my opinion, so it has been used specifically but definitely use a brandy or cognac you prefer.
1 ounce Hennessy Cognac VSOP
1 ounce Plymouth Gin
1 ounce Noilly Prat Sweet Vermouth
1/4 ounce Grand Marnier
2 Dash Angostura Bitters
Orange Twist Garnish
Combine liquids in mixing glass with ice. Stir to chill completely. Strain into chilled cocktail glass. Garnish with fresh orange twist.
First taste vermouth washes with a wallop. Not for the faint of heart. Light on orange. Lightly sweet with delectable tell tale signs of bitter orange. Lovely classic cocktail.
The original Ampersand recipe calls for 2 dashes Orange Bitters, 1/3 Brandy, 1/3 Gin, 1/3 Italian Vermouth and 2 dashes Curacao to top. – The Old Waldorf-Astoria Bar Book, A.S. Crockett. It is speculated that this cocktail’s name comes from the “&” in Martini & Rossi as the original brand vermouth used. – Difford’s Guide
Trivia: “In old schoolbooks the ampersand was printed at the end of the alphabet and thus by 1880s had acquired a slang sense of “posterior, rear end, hindquarters.”” – Online Etymology Dictionary
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